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Don't forget that when the IPhone happened Apple intended any "applications" to be web applications which is why they spent so much time on getting mobile Safari right. It was the developers who demanded local apps and settled for the closed garden.

Well, that's one view.

Another is that the SDK wasn't fit for public consumption in Summer 2007.

Nor would reasonable apps have worked all that well on 2007-series hardware.

But.. you have to start somewhere.

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